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Michael Healy

On the Dangers of Reading the Bible as a Kid

Aug. 1, 2012, at 2:47am

Other than regular Sunday readings and occasional rumblings heard as an altar boy, I first began to read the Scriptures at age 12 in the spring of 1963.  It was Lent.  Our teacher, a formidable Dominican nun in full white regalia, laid it down as a project for 7th grade religion that all students should memorize St. Matthew’s Passion!  Every day we practiced with the student sitting next to us, going over the latest new paragraph and then trying to string it all together from the beginning—the chain getting longer and longer.  In the end, during Holy Week, each student had to get up in front of the whole class and attempt to recite it.  Only two of us made it—myself and one pretty girl,

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